story of Orbital Action begins many years ago when as a young man,
Orbit Screens President, Brad Schnittjer,
worked on the family farm.
"We were cattle feeders and preparing a
balanced ration for each animal as they lined up at the feed bunk was
very important. It was a natural phenomenon, when particles of a
different size rolled over each other, the larger particles rolled to
the top, the fines stayed near the bottom or center of a pile. We used
a shovel to re-blend the feed to be sure each animal received a
years later while observing traditional screening plants in
operation, Brad applied the knowledge gained feeding cattle to the
screening process. You may now receive the simple but real benefits of
Orbital Action. It is Mother Nature's way.
harnessing Mother Nature's way of particle size separation,
production efficiencies are enhanced over many other screening
Horsepower requirements per unit of production are low.
Fuel consumption is remarkably low as production rates of 160 tons per
hour using a 1.25 inch screen (recycling parking lot base materials)
consumes only one gallon of
128 ounces in a gallon of fuel.
If a gallon costs
$4 and you divide that by 128 ounces you get $.03125 per
Dividing 160 tons by 128 ounces equals 1.25 ounces per ton.
Multiply .03125 per ounce by 1.25 ounces equals $.039.
Therefore fuel costs for one ton of screened material
is about $0.04.
with sticks, weeds, grass, roots, plastic materials
while screening dirt, compost, etc. is minimal due to the rotating
screen which rotates each screen opening with each turn of the screen
dish. The sticks, roots etc. simply fall out of the screen as they ride
up on the other material in the screen dish.
Time spent on a deck type screen pulling trash out
of plugged holes is saved.
have reported using hours to clean out a
plugged deck screen
both manual labor and a large propane
is self regulating, If you over feed it, the screen dish
simply dumps out the extra material it cannot handle. You never need to
get up on the deck or climb into the inside of a trommel to shovel out
you do over feed the screen dish you will simply get more fines in
the overs pile. Operators soon learn that dragging the bucket on the
overs to break up clods and lumps, then loading them in the hopper is
an easy way to accomplish high production levels without the need for a
power hungry pulverizer.
person with a ¾ ton pickup easily moves to screening plant
to a job site. Once on site, only minutes are required to
the plant for operation. In operation, say in recycling
lot base material making ready to lay down again, it would be easy to
screen one thousand tons in a day.
alternative, load and haul twenty four (24) semi loads to a staging
site where a large screening plant is setup, then hauling in twenty
four (24) loads back to the job site. Is your mind calculating the
You are landscaping around a home site. There is a lot
of trashy materials that could be recycled and used on site. Again one
person with a 3/4 ton pickup drives to the site, screens five tandem
axle loads of material, hauling off one load of trash while keeping
four loads on site ready to spread down as needed.
Screening, because of its ability to screen a very wide
variety of materials can be utilized where other screening
methodologies cannot. You, the landscape contractor can then
re-structure your job saving many hours and dollars of trucking and
are always present around a remote site. The Orbit
Screening Plant is equipped with a locking engine compartment. Locking
kits are available for the fuel and hydraulic oil tanks.
the transporting feature, another option is available. Simply tow
the machine home to the yard at the end of the day.
your job site is across town and loaded with a variety of
materials. There is a pile of topsoil that has been stripped and saved.
Another pile contains the deeper sourced dirt and it contains various
sized rocks, some junk that got scraped into the pile and some roots.
Scattered around the site is a mixture of dirt that is lumpy, has some
smaller rocks along with paper/plastic and trash.
I have a deck (box) screen back at the yard, I could
bring it here and screen the topsoil, however there is the grass and
weeds in the mix and that will plug the screen. I had better bring the
propane torch to burn out the clogged screen wire.
I try to screen the rocks and junk, I can make it work but it will
be slow keeping material fed in and taken away. I would get the same
results on the mixed dirt.
deck screen drops the screened material inside the box, all
screened material will need to be moved and placed in a stock pile
somewhere. The same for the overs which are falling off the edge of the
box, needing to be moved before the box can be relocated.
I think, maybe I should just load the stuff up, haul it to the land
fill and start with new material. It would cost money but simple to
is different as all types of material described are
easily screened and placed in separated piles, not needing to be moved
again until used. The machine is easily moved to each raw material pile
or area needing attention. With its high production capabilities, only
a few hours will be required..
loader would be required for loading a truck to haul
materials away or feed the screening plant, that cost would be a trade
off. Since I don’t need to use the loader to move materials to a stock
pile from the screen, that is time and labor saved. As for
tipping fees, I would only haul a small percentage to the landfill,
another non-recoverable cash saving.
the big payoff is, I don’t need to purchase and haul in much new
only a few of the features that make the Orbit Screen
attractive. As stated: